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Health Under Siege

  • Embassy of Sweden 2900 K Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20007 United States (map)
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The Embassy of Sweden, in partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands, is hosting special film screening of The New Barbarianism, followed by a panel discussion at House of Sweden. The ICRC and its Healthcare in Danger project will be represented by the Head of Delegation in the US & Canada, Alexandra Boivin.

Healthcare and humanitarian workers are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and other providers have become part of the battlefield in today’s wars. So far, there has been little to stop the profound surge of violence seen across several open-ended conflicts which has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed health systems, triggered mass displacement and state collapse, and exposed the crisis facing the norms of international humanitarian law (IHL) contained in the Geneva Conventions. We see this phenomenon most vividly in Syria and Yemen, two countries explored in-depth in the film, including action by the UN Security Council. The Netherlands and Sweden currently serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council, where each places a priority on IHL and the formidable challenges unfolding in Syria and Yemen. The film closes with consideration of the question— where do we go from here?

Event Details

  • Date: April 13, 2018

  • When: 9:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Where: House of Sweden